Man charged in decade-old sex case
A 44-year-old Vermont man, previously found not guilty of sex offenses when he lived in Maryland, was arrested Wednesday on charges of abusing a young girl from 1999 to 2001 in Montgomery County, according to police and court records.
Fernando Antonio Asturizaga, who lives in Montpelier, was being held in the Montgomery jail on $100,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon.
Montgomery police say that, about a decade ago, Asturizaga met the 10-year-old girl while he taught her at a private school in Prince George's County. He began to baby-sit the girl at her home in Silver Spring and a second location in Bethesda, and did so from 1999 to 2001, police said.
"It was during these times that the sex abuse occurred," police said.
Montgomery detectives charged him with two counts of second-degree rape, six counts of second-degree sex offense, and two counts of child abuse by a lawful custodian.
In 2003, Asturizaga was charged with sex offense counts in Prince George's County, according to online court records. A jury found him not guilty, according to online court records. His attorney in that case, Robert Bonsib, couldn't immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.
Police said they want to hear from anyone who may know more about Asturizaga's activities. They said callers may contact Detective Katie Leggett at 240-773-5426. Callers may remain anonymous.
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